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Subject: Someone Should Have Looked AtThe Macy's Parade Footage More Carefully!
Since the middle 1950's, NBC has televised the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving Day in color.
In the film footage of (presumably) the 1955 event, the producers should have been more careful as to what clip of the parade should have been included.
They selected a shot of the Mighty Mouse balloon.
But in 1956, "Mighty Mouse" was on CBS!
And, a year earlier, CBS had purchased Terrytoons, the New Rochelle, New York-based studio that produced "Mighty Mouse".
This NBC film ended up promoting a program broadcast on and owned by a competing network!
Subject: Very Poor
A very poor documentary.
Classic TV fans such as me can easily rip this thing to shreds, for endless amounts of incorrect info, to a general US-bias, and RCA-bias (no mention of Allen B. Du Mont, for example)
As for the idea of "International Television"....We're still waiting for it. Unless you are one of the few people who actually likes the terrible english dub the Americans made of "Yu-Gi-Oh!"....
....but enough about that.
Actually, if you really like early television (like me) and are have good knowledge of it, this documentary is UNINTENTIONALLY HILARIOUS!!
(In reponse to mentions of television as a public service: Early public affairs series, educational and documentary series did exist...but more commonly on ABC and DuMont, not NBC. NBC did air several though. "National Educational Television", or NET, started in the 1950s and by the mid-1960s was a true television network. It was replaced with PBS during the late-1960s/early 1970s).
EDIT: OK, I admit that NBC did air a larger-than-usul amount of public affairs/infomation series in the 1950s. But still....
Subject: 1956 RCA Informerical
This film is a slick 1956 infomerical trying to motivate people of that time to by a RCA color television. Of course facts will be distorted and geared toward praising RCA achievements. Still, I found this vintage 1956 film interesting to watch.
Subject: Corporate Lies
Notice during the "conversation" between Zworkin and Sarnoff their behavior is robotic and the tone is obviously scripted. Apparently they didn't rehearse these lies before filming? That would never happen today. Anyway, there's a reason the talk was scripted, because it's all a crock. Philo Farnsworth was the pioneer inventor of fully electronic television. Zworkin along with RCA tried to clone some of the tube designs after a visit to the Farnsworth lab. This film is a good example of the early days of the military industrial complex super-capitalism system that was still incubating in the USA and is now spreading world wide.
Subject: TV Propaganda
This film purports to tell the story of the development of television. I'll bet you didn't know that RCA was responsible for it all, did you? David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA, introduces us to Dr. Vladymir Zworkin who is alleged to have invented electronic television. The truth is, Zworkin's experiments were largely a failure. It was Philo T. Fransworth who invented the first practical electronic TV system. He demonstrated it to Zworkin who proceeded to rip off the design, requiring Fransworth to sue RCA for patent infringement and won. RCA was required, thereafter, to pay Farnsworth royalties. No mention is made of this in the film. As for color, CBS developed and far superior system to RCA's and its system was adopted by the FCC as the U.S. standard. RCA was able to delay implementation of the FCC order for several years, by which time millions of black and white sets were in use. Since the CBS system was incompatible---meaning its signals could be not displayed on a black and white set---the FCC finally rescinded its order and adopted the RCA system, with all its imperfections. It wasn't until the '70s that color
broadcasting reached the point that TV sets didn't require color adjustments every time a channel was changed. For the first 20 years of color TV, the colors were garish, unreal and unstable. This was the price the public paid for RCA's badly engineered system and no doubt accounted for why
color TV was so slow to be adopted. The best way to regard this film is as an exercise in corporate propaganda. Like most propaganda, it should be taken with a grain of salt. It presents a history as RCA wanted it to be told, not as it was.